All the news that’s fit to print. In a blog.
Karl Rove has stepped down from his position within the White House and like 299,999,999 other Americans (wait, how many people are there in this country again? Basically that number minus one), he is interested in writing a book. So how much would editors pay for Turdblossom’s memoir? I’m glad you asked, because blog favorite AP reporter Hillel Italie is on it. Steve Ross, newly of Collins, Jon Karp of 12 and Ash Green of Knopf expressed some degree of interest, but according to Italie, “Asked what kind of money Rove might receive, Karp and Green each said they doubted he would receive anything close to the multimillion dollar contracts of former Federal Reserve chair Alan Greenspan or of former President Clinton.” Let’s just say Mr. Rove may have helped elect a two-term president, but he is no Keith Richards.
Jonathan Lyons compiled some query stats for a day, and if you’re anything like me (and if you are, God help you), you will find them very interesting. In particular, 5 people sent queries with Spam blockers in effect, and 5 queries made no sense whatsoever. Wait. Shh. Did you hear that? That was the sound of MY HEAD EXPLODING. Sadly Jonathan did not compile statistics on queries that began with rhetorical questions, but I’d like to think he did that to spare my mental well-being.
Via Publishers Lunch, POD publisher AuthorHouse has teamed up with Borders UK to sell self-published works through five Borders stores. Authors will pay anywhere from £849 to £1999 for the Borders package, which, according to the current exchange rate, translates to about $237,000 USD. (Ah, financial humor. Have you heard the one about the Fed overnight loan rate? No? It’s not very funny either.)
And finally, are you a Borders employee? If so, you now have a one in 30,000 chance of being published (…so you’re telling me there’s a chance…). Yes, as reported by our good friends at GalleyCat, Borders announced a plan to solicit manuscripts from its employees. The winner(s) will then be published by Borders and mark sold in Borders stores by the 29,999 other employees who were not deemed worthy of publication. Ha! That’s going to be rough.
Have a great weekend!